AYO Words About Music

The right words can powerfully influence an audience’s experience of live music. This program will immerse you in the world of online, radio and print mediums, as you learn to expressively communicate about music and the cultural factors which influence it.




Phillip Sametz

Phillip Sametz has spent his working life advocating for music and musicians – in print, on line, on air, on stage and as tour leader. His writing has appeared in Limelight, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review and the Screen Australia blog, and his history of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Play On!, was published by ABC Books. Read More


What to expect on the program

As a Words About Music participant, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade behind music journalism and content creation. You’ll use these newfound skills to create inspiring, engaging pieces about the music you’ll hear every day at camp. Your tutors will guide you through the ins and outs of web and print publishing, as well as the exciting world of podcasting and broadcast techniques. You’ll further develop your writing skills and produce high-quality program notes.

From the minute you arrive at AYO National Music Camp, you’ll experience a whirl of new faces and first encounters with Australia’s brightest young players, composers, sound engineers and administrators. With an action-packed schedule, it’s important that your focus is on the program at hand. Rest assured, you will be well looked after, allowing you to concentrate on your preparation and performance. We provide airport transfers, comfortable shared accommodation and three meals per day for every camp attendee.


AYO’s Words About Music program offers aspiring music journalists the opportunity to write, think and talk about music in all kinds of different ways. Hear two of our 2019 participants, Madi and Stella, as they take to the AYO podcast in 2019 to chat with Anna Goldsworthy.